Semi driver who killed himself during traffic stop in Rochester ID'd as Wisconsin man

The 63-year-old died of two gunshot wounds to the head.
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The semi driver who fatally shot himself Wednesday in Rochester has been identified as a 63-year-old Wisconsin man. 

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), Michael Charles Apicella, of Black River Falls, died from two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head. 

The May 5 incident happened during a commercial vehicle traffic stop at the Miracle Mile shopping center parking lot in Rochester on the morning of May 5. According to the State Patrol, three troopers stopped Apicella for a vehicle inspection at 6:45 a.m.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., as the troopers were readying to arrest him for failing to produce identification, Apicella "took out a gun and fired two rounds, both of which were self-inflicted shots to the head," the State Patrol said. 

Apicella was transported to Mayo Clinic St. Marys hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The troopers involved in the incident did not fire their weapons. No further information has been released. The BCA's investigation is ongoing. 

The State Patrol's news release notes the State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section is comprised of civilian commercial vehicle inspectors and state troopers who conduct commercial vehicle safety inspections and weighing at highway weigh stations and roadside locations across Minnesota.

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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